Even though I consider myself a purist, I do occasionally enjoy switching up things by experimenting with different coffee condiments.
A while back I started searching for the best ground and whole bean hazelnut flavored coffee. The first time I actually experienced such nutty flavoring was in my cup made with instant coffee years back. This nostalgic taste was the inspiration for my initial research on hazelnut beans, which led to a further investigation for the best hazelnut syrup, creamer or extract that will provide the desired coffee results. In this article, I’ll also point out some hazelnut k cup options for Keurig owners. Here you’ll find basic information related to the nature of flavored coffee beans that you might find useful. There are also decaf versions to the hazelnut coffee that some of you might be interested in, and I made sure to include the best ones on the list.
So let’s cut to the chase.
If you are in a hurry and you don’t feel like reading the whole article, on the following table, you can see all the products I’ve listed and quickly jump to the review that you want to see:
|Coffee Name||Type||Price Bracket|
|1. Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee Co.||Pre-Ground||$$$$|
|2. Eight O’clock||Whole Bean/ Pre-Ground||$|
|3. Don Francisco’s||Pre-ground/ Whole Bean||$|
|4. Seattle’s Best||Pre-Ground||$|
|5. Zavida Vanilla Hazelnut||Whole Bean||$$||6. Door County||Pre-Ground/ Whole Bean/ Decaf||$$$||7. San Francisco Bay||Whole Bean||$||8. Cameron’s||Pre-Ground/ Decaf||$||9. Stone Street||Pre-Ground||$$|
If you have a single-serve Keurig machine, the following table where I’ve listed the reviewed k-cups is for you:
|Coffee Name||Type||Price Bracket|
|1. Don Francisco’s Pods||K-Cups||$$|
|2. Eight O’clock Capsules||K-Cups||$|
|3. San Francisco Bay Compostable Pods||K-Cups||$|
|4. Green Mauntain||K-Cups/ Decaf||$|
|5. Van Houtte Vanilla Hazelnut||Decaf K Cups||$$|
What is the Best Hazelnut Coffee?
Now it’s best to continue with the list of brands that offer hazelnut flavored coffee – ground and whole bean.
Of course, not all that sell such are included, but I made sure to review the ones that are worth mentioning be it for their quality, price or, most importantly – their taste.
This is definitely one of the best products on the list, which is why I decided to start out with this hazelnut coffee.
The Hawaiian blend comes in a package of medium roasted ground beans with hazelnut flavor that makes a pleasant, smooth and at the same time rich cup of coffee possible.
Many flavored alternatives you may come across are a bit too overwhelming when it comes to taste.
With this coffee, you’ll get to experience just the right amount of hazelnut flavor without it overshadowing the taste profile of the beans.
One bag contains 10% Kona beans, traced back to the Kona region on the Big Island of Hawaii.
The price is a bit higher than other reviewed products, but it’s worth it.
It also comes with a cool clip that does a perfect job of keeping the ground beans in the bag fresh.
This is another one of the best tasting hazelnut coffee options that also comes at a perfect price.
Eight O’clock offers this flavored ground beans package, that won’t leave an artificial aftertaste in your mouth after you take a sip.
It lets you have a refreshing, tasty coffee with the right hint of hazelnut.
In the package, you will find medium roasted Arabica beans that contribute to the satisfying smooth cup you’ll get to have.
You can also find available Eight O’clock whole bean hazelnut package, which is perfect for those of you who have grinders at home and prefer their coffee freshly ground.
This coffee truly comes at a great price and if you go for the pre-ground version, you can get a pack of 6 at once. This way you’ll get to have your favorite coffee on a daily basis without having to restock so often.
Here is another coffee alternative for those of you who enjoy the nutty taste.
Actually, San Francisco’s hazelnut coffee blend has subtle coconut tint to its flavor which is why it’s called Hawaiian – don’t be fooled that the beans are actually grown there.
Like the previously reviewed products, the hazelnut flavor isn’t strongly pronounced, but it’s just as much as you’d like it. If you’re not into strong sweet artificial tasting coffee, of course.
Don Francisco’s beans are of a medium roast, but I would say they are on the darker side.
You can also find cinnamon hazelnut blend, but I find it a bit too cinnamony for me and don’t quite enjoy the strong taste.
This is a brand preferred by many who enjoy the hazelnut flavor to their coffee.
I’ve tried it a while back and I enjoyed it more with added milk.
I would say that it’s a quite common choice for many people who are in search of affordable ground coffee with hazelnut flavoring.
It doesn’t taste as synthetic as other brands on the market at least according to my experience.
There are few reviews on Amazon which leave me wondering if that’s still the case, but a friend of mine that has this coffee finds it just as good as it’s always been.
The hazelnut vanilla flavor combination is something that is worth experiencing in a cup of coffee.
Especially if the beans are good.
This is why I decided to include Zavida’s hazelnut whole bean bag.
It contains a nicely flavored blend of Arabica beans that will satisfy your urge to have a smooth and tasty cup and start your day just as you should.
The aroma that comes out of the bag as soon as you open it is mesmerizing.
6. Door County
This is a high-quality coffee that you can find both in a whole bean bag or a pre-ground package.
You will get to have a well-balanced cup flavored with cinnamon and hazelnut.
I’m not really a big cinnamon fan, but I feel like the Door County recipe consists of just the right amount of that spice so that it doesn’t bother me.
It actually contributes to the final taste and somehow complements the hazelnut tint.
You can also find a decaf version of that hazelnut coffee, which has become the go-to for many that are trying to cut down their caffeine consumption without having to compromise on the taste.
You can check that out here if you’re interested to find out how much it costs.
Door County hazelnut coffee is for sure one of my personal favorites among the list.
For those of you who enjoy to have their coffee made with freshly ground beans and look for a hazelnut flavored but at the same time, high-quality beans – San Francisco Bay has your back.
This vacuum-sealed whole bean bag also comes at a great price.
I will have to warn you though, that the hazelnut aroma that you sense when you open the bag is much more pronounced than the actual taste when you take a sip.
This is common for many flavored beans.
After showing you some nice whole bean alternatives, it’s good to go back to a great pre-ground package.
I’ve actually linked to the vanilla hazelnut flavored Cameron’s coffee bag.
It’s a light roast that makes a perfectly balanced cup possible.
It’s ready for use and you don’t need a grinder to prepare it at home.
The flavor is more subtle, so if you’re into really strong hazelnut taste this coffee isn’t the one for you.
That being said, it’s worth mentioning that it comes at a pretty good price.
The vanilla hazelnut flavored blend is great, but if you are looking for a simple hazelnut scent, go for this version.
For those of you who look for a decaf coffee brand with hazelnut flavoring that isn’t dull try out the decaffeinated Cameron’s packages.
Cameron’s is truly one of the best decaf hazelnut coffee bags that I’ve encountered. You will get to have a delicious coffee that doesn’t let you notice the great difference between a caffeinated and a decaffeinated cup.
The vanilla and hazelnut flavors contribute to this desired by many people effect.
9. Stone Street
If you’re looking for a reason to wake up in the morning I have a suggestion for you – a cup made with this ground coffee blend.
Stone Street hazelnut beans are truly delicious and will give you the kick start that you need.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed that I’ve included this brand in other posts of mine, but I’d say I’m a fan.
They are consistent with the quality they deliver, the price is reasonable and the coffee you get to have by using Stone Street beans is simply delicious.
This package is a bit more expensive than others I’ve included in the list, but I’d definitely choose to pay a bit more to enjoy my coffee as much as I’d like to.
I would also highly recommend the chocolate hazelnut bag that you can find linked here.
It’s truly delicious – mesmerizing aroma, flavorful, tasty, just perfect.
Without any doubt in my mind, I’d recommend this hazelnut coffee over and over.
What About Those of You who have a Keurig Machine?
Of course, when discussing the best hazelnut coffee, it’s good to have some options for those of you who own a Keurig coffee maker.
This single-serve brewer is great when you want to get a fresh and tasty cup of coffee, without all the hassle common for other brewing methods.
If you’ve gone through my reviews above, you’ll notice that this brand is included in the pre-ground and whole bean list.
It’s actually the same hazelnut flavored coffee with coconut tint from earlier that has found its way to the pod to make one of the best hazelnut k-cups available.
It’s mild yet rich with great nutty flavor to it.
Even if you’re not a fan of flavored coffee, you might find yourself enjoying this k-cup more than the one you usually use.
If you have a reusable capsule, go for the pre-ground coffee container I’ve mentioned above in the other Don Francisco’s review and fill in the ground beans in the pod you have.
I haven’t tried that myself, but based on some reviews, the results are almost identical.
Off to the next one on the hazelnut Keurig capsules’ list.
And it’s again a brand mentioned earlier in the article.
If you’re wondering why I separate the pods from the other pre-ground and whole bean – it’s because I’ve often experienced immense dissimilarities in taste and overall mouthfeel between them. Even if they are by the same brand and the exact same type, k-cups often differ from the pre-ground and whole bean version.
Anyway, these K-cups with hazelnut flavoring that Eight O’clock offers are great when it comes to taste.
The hazelnut tint is subtle, yet satisfying.
You will fall in love with the aroma coming out of your cup.
I’m sure you’ll enjoy it pure black without having to add anything.
Of course, in case you’re used to adding milk or creamer – do so.
You’ll most likely get addicted to the coffee made with these k-cups.
Simply put – if you like hazelnut coffee and you’re wondering which Keurig capsule to choose – go for this one, you won’t regret it.
Those capsules stick out from the crowd as the brand has put in some effort to make them appear more eco-friendly or 100% commercially compostable.
So if you’re looking for a greener solution they are a better option, even though “commercially” actually means that they are only to be composted in an industrial facility.
Nevertheless, this sustainable trait is just a bonus to the great flavorful coffee you will get to have by buying those.
There is a distinct hazelnut flavor that you can feel when taking a sip – not too strong, not too weak.
Do that as a precaution, because the compostable plant-based material the cup is made of seems like it might let some air pass through it and the beans will oxidize. And if you’re not aware – oxidized coffee, especially ground – well… it tastes bad.
This is another k cup that is filled with ground beans mixed with not too overwhelming for your taste buds hazelnut flavoring oil.
Those pods come at an affordable price.
You should know that the beans are lightly roasted, so if you’re a fan of a darker roast profile, those might not be the best choice for you.
Many people have these k-cups reordered on a regular basis, the reason being that they are convenient, affordable, and most importantly – make tasty coffee.
Green Mountain also offers a decaf version of their hazelnut flavored pods. The coffee you’ll get to have by purchasing those capsules is delicious, well-balanced and you won’t notice the unpleasant decaf taste. Therefore Green Mountain offers one of the best decaf hazelnut k-cups that are chosen by many coffee consumers who are trying to lower their caffeine intake.
You can check their price and more reviews on those capsules on Amazon by clicking here.
Speaking of decaf hazelnut Keurig capsules, I decided to point this one out as it’s also pretty good.
Lightly roasted decaffeinated ground coffee is what you can find inside those pods.
They are flavored with vanilla and hazelnut, which is sort of a classic combination loved by many people.
Concering Flavored Coffee Beans
I think it’s important to sum up all the information I came across during my research. I’d say it’s necessary to be aware of some things if you’re interested in getting yourself a bag of hazelnut flavored coffee. So here is what you should know about flavored coffee beans:
Why do Coffee Snobs Say they’re bad?
Coffee snobs would often argue that people who only have their coffee flavored don’t actually like it for what it is.
There is also a popular opinion among them that all coffee that’s been flavored isn’t good.
I’ve always found such statements harsh and a bit narrow-minded.
In that case, though, they might have a point, since more often than not, the beans that are being flavored are of inferior quality.
Those flavors, such as the hazelnut we’re currently discussing, cover up the coffee beans’ flaws and raise their price, which means the company’s profit rises.
At times you might find higher quality beans sold at a lower price than flavored beans with lower quality.
In my reviews, I’ve included only good quality beans or such that deserve their price.
Flavored Beans & Grinders
There is also another reason why people aren’t that much into flavored coffee beans.
If you buy them whole and grind them at home, the flavoring oils that they’re covered with will most likely coat the inside of your grinder.
This sticky substance seems nearly impossible to clean, which means that everything you’re about to grind afterward may be compromised by the flavor oil to a certain extent.
I have actually found a way around that. After using hazelnut beans in my grinder I run this product by Urnex – Grindz through it. It actually does a perfect job of removing all the residual oils.
If you don’t use such a product, you should know that most likely the following batches of coffee you grind will have these hazelnut flavors attached to them. In a few days, they’ll most likely go away, so don’t be in a hurry to throw your grinder in the trash.
There are also many people, who love their flavored coffee and have dedicated one of their grinders only for such type of beans.
Another option is choosing one of the pre-ground hazelnut coffee packages I’ve reviewed as this might be a better alternative to having your only home grinder compromised.
On Artificial Flavors
Flavored coffee is actually made by coating the roasted beans with flavoring oils.
Often those oils are made with a blend of artificial flavors and a binder such as the organic compound propylene glycol that makes the additives stick to the beans.
You can see what artificial flavors actually are by clicking the FDA link here.
Put in simple words they are chemical formulas developed by chemists for companies and resemble natural flavors without actually coming from nature.
This is why often people that have hazelnut coffee would describe it as an “unpleasant chemical-tasting drink”.
Actually, almost all of the hazelnut beans are artificially flavored, but some have better taste than others.
This depends on the particular chemical formula of the artificial flavor the company has used.
The ingredients of this formula are almost always kept secret so that the company is certain that no one would copy their success if such is present.
In my reviews, I made sure to include the best tasting options with the least chemical taste.
That being said, the lack of information on the exact ingredients used might be a bit alarming. Especially for people predisposed to food allergies. If you’re one of those, you can add homemade hazelnut syrup to your regular coffee instead of purchasing flavored beans.
Hazelnut Creamers and Syrups – Recommendations
Many people would say that it’s best to make hazelnut coffee by simply choosing high-quality coffee beans that you love and add the desired flavor additionally in your cup.
That’s why I’ve tried a few liquid and powder options, so I decided to point out what I enjoy the most.
So here are the best hazelnut syrups:
- Torani Puremade Syrup
- Monin Sugarfree Hazelnut Syrup
When it comes to hazelnut creamers, I’d always go for a liquid version instead of a powder.
I would say that even though I’m not a big fan of flavored creamers added to my coffee, the one that I’d prefer over others is actually by Coffee Mate and you can see a picture of it below:
That being said, many people would make their own hazelnut syrup or paste to avoid having coffee made with artificial flavors.
If you’re interested in doing such condiment yourself there are quite a few recipes available online.
A while back I came across a recipe for a nice hazelnut paste that goes amazingly well with coffee. You basically blend a mix of roasted hazelnuts and sugar. Then you add some hot water and run everything through the food processor again.
If you’re interested in a post with detailed recipes for homemade hazelnut syrups and pastes that go well with coffee, drop me a comment below – I’d love to share what I know with you.
You can also get yourself a hazelnut extract bottle that you can use to make your own syrups at home or simply add a tiny bit to your cup.
I would highly recommend this extract that I’ve used and liked by OliveNation:
Click here to see the current price on Amazon.
This post turned out to be a bit longer than expected, but I hope you got to learn something new.
Along with just the hazelnut flavored coffees, I think I managed to point out great vanilla and cinnamon hazelnut beans.
I’ve covered some basic info in regards to the flavoring process in general and what’s the best way to have hazelnut coffee made at home.
Actually, I don’t think there is a simple straight forward answer to that question, as it all comes down to personal preference.
But I hope my guidelines and recommendations helped you to make a more informed decision leading to the most satisfying cup of coffee.
Which is all we want, after all, isn’t it?